chocolate biscuit cake

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dessert

You all aren’t really surprised, are you?

While I am not a fan of fruit cake, I do love chocolate and biscuits. This cake looked easy enough, and sometimes the simple recipes are the most delicious. This is one of those.

I used my mini springform pan, adjusting the recipe for a small version of Prince William’s groom’s cake. I adapted the recipe from Bon Appétit test kitchen.

chocolate biscuit cake

1 1/2 sticks butter
15 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 8 ounce package McVitie’s digestive biscuits

Lightly coat a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper round. Melt butter and chocolate in a large saucepan over low heat until smooth. Stir in cream. Remove from heat and stir in broken biscuits. Pour into prepared pan, smoothing top. Cover and refrigerate until set, from 3 hours to overnight.

Release cake from pan, invert onto serving plate. Remove parchment paper, decorate with sifted powdered sugar.

This cake is traditionally topped with a ganache. I thought it was chocolately enough as is, and any chance I get to sprinkle powdered sugar I will take.

Who else is staying up all night getting up early to watch the Royal Wedding?

Anyone else wearing a crown? Just me?


{ 87 comments… read them below or add one }

1 christina April 28, 2011 at 9:30 am

besides looking absolutely delicious, this is so pretty!

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2 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

thank you! :) and it IS delicious!

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3 Evan Thomas April 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

I love that you went ahead and made this.
It reminds me of flourless chocolate cake except with biscuits. I’m not a biscuit fan so maybe I’ll just make a flourless chocolate cake and call it a day.

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4 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

there ya go – or make this into bite size – like chocolate candies.

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5 assistantdoc April 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

I am feeling a “need to eat” feeling when I look at this cake. This post has my two favorite things…….chocolate and sparkly things! Yay crowns. You rock your crown with pride sister friend!

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6 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm

oh you know I always do, Sarah!!

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7 Lisa @ I'm an Okie April 28, 2011 at 9:47 am

mmm mmm good.

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8 Blog is the New Black April 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

Graet job, Kristina! This looks SO DELICIOUS! Mouth watering… !!! And the pics are phenomenal! Make sure to add this to your 365! ;)

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9 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm

yes – I will!! :) poor 365 is so badly in need of updating! I take photos each day, and then keep telling myself I need to take the time to do it…

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10 lindsay April 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

i love that there are digestive biscuits in there. So cool and of course it looks amazing.

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11 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I love those biscuits! :) they stay crunchy, too!

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12 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

That looks delicious. And if I had a crown I’d be wearing it!

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13 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm
14 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

Oh YUM! You know, I wasn’t planning on watching it, but dangit everyone is making me feel like I’m going to be missing out!

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15 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

so… did you watch?? I have been UP all day – so out of it now. nap time!!

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16 Jess April 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

Oh. My. God. That looks ridiculously good. Would hit the spot with a nice cup of coffee, I might add. ;-)

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17 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

haaa!! I read this fast and thought you wrote “spot of coffee” :) isn’t that what they always say over there, a spot of tea?? :)

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18 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons April 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

No royal wedding shenanigans for me! hehe! i’m not judging though<3

The biscuit cake looks absolutely regal though =)

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19 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

it’s pretty darn good! thanks for not judging – I’m going to take a nap now!

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20 (what runs) Lori April 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

Holy $#!^*&)(&!!!! Ooooh my goodness. You’ve totally outdone yourself on this one. It’s beautiful and decadent and I love your photography. I won’t be making this one…. I’d eat the whole thing. Not ok. ;)

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21 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

thank you SO much – it means a lot, really! sometimes photography is frustrating! :D

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22 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

OMG – that just looks insane! In a good way of course ;-)

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23 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm

oh yes, I know. ;)

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24 Kath (My Funny Little Life) April 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

That kind of cake is called “Kalter Hund” (cold dog) in Germany. :D

I’m not going to watch the wedding live (I don’t have a tv), but my mom will record it for me on DVD. ;)

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25 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Kalter Hund! I love it!! cold dog… not to be confused with Long Dog! < "();::::::::;~

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26 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe April 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Oh my yes! I saw a picture of the groom’s cake and was licking my lips. Awesome that you made it, it looks pretty simple.

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27 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

it IS very simple! and oh so good…

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28 Sayward April 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

crowns! I love it, you are rad.

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29 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

YAY! I have a collection… I thought it might be weird to show more than two. ;) perhaps another post sometime. in college I would have all my girlfriends over for pageant parties – when they would walk in the door they got to pick a crown or tiara to wear for the evening! :D

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30 torviewtoronto April 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm

looks delicious

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31 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

thank you!

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32 Kathy - Panini Happy April 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm

So that’s what it looks like – amazing! I’d been hoping to stay up for the wedding but now that I’ve reviewed the itinerary and see the ceremony won’t start till 3 AM PST I’m not so sure I’ll be able to make it happen!

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33 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

yum, right?? :D yeah, it was kinda tough for a bit there… I set my phone alarm in case I fell asleep – I dozed for a bit but was up before the alarm!!

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34 Jess@HealthyExposures April 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Soooo gorgeous!! I love the crunch factor that I bet the biscuits give. And hey, it’s certainly timely, too :P I will be sleeping at 4am tomorrow, though; not gonna lie.

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35 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

and you know, the biscuits STAY crunchy!! :D they don’t get soft – I LIKE that!! I was awake at 4… don’t know if I’ll still be awake at 4 PM today, but… :D

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36 cpk April 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I cannot WAIT to watch with you! How do you say, WEEEEE!!

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37 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

XXO!

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38 Jenna April 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I love that you made this! (and totally not surprised!) :)

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39 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

thanks, Jenna. I knew you’d love it!!

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40 katojo April 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

just beauty!

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41 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

thank you, Katojo!!

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42 S @ extremebalance.net/blog April 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

the friends I just left are having a royal wedding party tomorrow evening, though three of them are also planning on getting up in the middle of the night to watch it live.

Your cake looks better than a sleepless night to me!

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43 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

hee… I’m a little s l o w today, but no need for a nap *yet*. probably to bed early!

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44 Julie April 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm

This looks completely divine! I’m going to try making little ones for a tea party. Thanks!

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45 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I thought about that too, like bite size you mean? and it IS absolutely delicious… it really only takes a silver – it’s so rich – I’m glad I made a SMALL one! :D enjoy and have a great weekend!

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46 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm

ummm yum! I would have an issue if I made this cake: I would eat it up so quickly!

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47 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm

it really only takes a VERY small sliver – it’s rich!

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48 Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo April 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I’m so excited for the wedding! One of my roomies made a little cake for us to eat, but I’m sure that won’t be consumed at 4 am!

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49 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

no, this wasn’t eaten at 4am either, as far as you know. ;) ha! did you just LOVE watching?? :D

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50 Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm

This is so genius. I’ve seen so many biscuit chocolate bars (very popular in the UK) and they are delish. OF COURSE it needs to be delivered in cake form.

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51 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I managed a european deli for a while, and I would order all kinds of lovely important chocolates – this cake reminds me of some of those, the biscuit bars are wonderful! this cake is too – it was fun to make and oooh SO delicious! (and YES, you really do only need a small piece – ha!)

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52 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm

weird. by important I obviously meant IMPORTED.

because ALL chocolate is important. ;)

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53 Carbzilla April 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

I have slipped in my own drool and am laying, passed out, on my floor.

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54 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

hee hee!! oops, sorry about that! :D

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55 Noelle April 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

What the what?!?!?!? This looks crazy good! Great job!

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56 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

thank you!! it was really fun to make, and um, YUM it’s good! :D

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57 Amy B @ Second City Randomness April 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I saw them making this on an early show either this week or last.

I almost had a heart attack!

And then wanted a piece…

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58 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm

ha – I saw that too, then stopped by the store for biscuits on the way home. :D it is VERY rich, that’s why I only made a SMALL version! I asked Jason to take it to work, but he wants it all. ;) we had such small slivers last night it’s going to last us a while…

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59 woobear April 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Look delicious!!! But what are digestive biscuits? Are you stateside? Where can I get them? Gotta make it right!!! Can’t wait…need a chocolate fix quick lol

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60 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

digestive biscuits – think tea biscuits? look here for photo only –> McVities you should be able to find them at any store (yes I am in the states!) :) you know the ONE aisle in the grocery – where all the different ethnic foods are? that is where I find mine – and in just a regular old grocery store, not specialty! :D have fun – you will LOVE this cake!!

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61 Cook is Good April 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

amazing! We’ve done the same chocolate biscuit cake for thr royal wedding! It’s sooooo good! Yours looks delicious too! Have a great weekend, Giorgia & Cyril

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62 spabettie April 30, 2011 at 11:39 pm

isn’t it great? I saw yours, looks great! then I saw it again on foodgawker or tastespotting – great job!

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63 Guna April 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

This is actually quite a popular dessert in my country, but we add pieces of marmelade and rum-soaked raisins – now that is DIVINE! It’s called ‘The Sweet Brunette’ where I live, and it is in the form of a tunnel.

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64 spabettie April 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Sweet Brunette- great name! form of a tunnel – like a log shape?

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65 Guna May 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

Yeah, like a log! We also call it ‘the chocolate sausage’ :D

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66 spabettie May 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

I like that – not surprising since I have a DACHSHUND ! :D

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67 Kim April 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I made this last night & loved it! Thank you!!

–Kim

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68 spabettie April 30, 2011 at 11:35 pm

oh, good! isn’t it delicious?

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69 Salomé April 30, 2011 at 11:49 pm

He publicado una foto de tu post y su link en
Mis Favoritas de esta semana, puedes verlo en:
http://blocderecetas.blogspot.com/2011/05/mis-favoritas-semana-17-2011.html
Espero que te guste!

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70 spabettie April 30, 2011 at 11:56 pm

¡gracias mucho por incluirme! :D

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71 Heather @ kissmybroccoli May 1, 2011 at 11:44 am

Wow! This looks so rich and decadent! Mmm!

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72 spabettie May 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

oh, it is so very! I made a small version (like, 5-6 inch round?) and we STILL have some! you only need a very small sliver! YUM!

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73 Jesse May 5, 2011 at 9:40 am

wow. this might be the best looking chocolate cake i’ve seen in a long time. and only four ingredients and one of them is digestive biscuits which i adore? again, wow.

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74 spabettie May 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm

why thank you! yes, it is VERY easy to make, I LOVE short ingredient lists! digestive biscuits are my favorite!

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75 KELLY August 31, 2011 at 6:36 am

stunning! this looks perfect, and I bet it was WONDERFUL. cheers, I love your site!!

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76 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 10:18 am

thank you, Kelly! it was surprisingly easy, actually, and so good!

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77 Albie Walsh October 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

I love that you made this – very impressive. I recall these around the time of the wedding and thought it was lovely. must be incredibly decadent!

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78 spabettie October 14, 2011 at 7:45 am

it really was decadent… and it was fun to make! :)

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79 Tina October 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I LOVE THAT YOU MADE THIS!! :)

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80 spabettie October 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm
81 Candace November 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm

found this webpage in a search for this exact cake; making for a birthday celebration this weekend and hopes to be as stunning as yours. wish I could commission you to create for me. :) besos, C

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82 Karen November 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm

WOW this is so very cool!!!

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83 Sondra K. November 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

wow, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you made this! I wish I would have thought to do this at that time, my girlfriends and I had a big party and stayed up all night watching! this cake would have helped us when we were getting tired, LOL.

I love your blog!!

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84 Kris February 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I love that you made this!! looks delicious!

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85 Stan Kravolski February 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

…and when I am done with my cleanse, I shall make this! ha!

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86 Cranbrook February 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I am making this for the anniversary!! we had a big viewing party for the wedding, and I was kicking myself for not researching to make this for that… I WILL make it this time LOL.

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87 lola lane March 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

This cake is magic! It’s my boyfriend’s birthday next week and whilst searching for a cake that doesn’t require the use of an oven to make, I encountered this delicious example. We currently are living in an apartment with a kitchen consisting of a toastie maker, fridge and a water heating device so your recipe is ideal! I hope he likes it! Thanks a lot spabettie! x

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